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2015 Commercial Design Awards

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Meet the Judges

Julie Taylor, Founder/Principal, Taylor & Co., Los Angeles, Calif.

Julie Taylor founded Taylor & Co. in 1994 to provide public relations and marketing services to professionals and organizations involved in architecture, design, and furnishings. Taylor currently serves as public director of the American Institute of Architects National Board of Directors and received the AIA/California Council’s Professional Achievement Award for 2012. A graduate of Northwestern University, she is the past chair of the AIA/LA Design Awards Committee.

Michael Poris, Principal, McIntosh Poris Associates, Birmingham, Mich.

Detroit native Michael Poris and his firm have worked to preserve many of the Motor City’s landmark buildings and historic districts, winning more than 90 design awards since 2000. Poris, who earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Michigan, serves on the board of directors of AIA Detroit, AIA Michigan, and the Michigan Architectural Foundation. He received a Masters in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Victor Sidy, Managing Principal, Victor Sidy Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Architect Victor Sidy received his architectural training from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Sidy has been managing principal of his own architectural firm since 2000 and has served as head of school and dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Spring Green, Wis., since 2005. He also hosted a television series on architecture for EMG Satellite Television that aired for two years.

Jezamil Vega-Skeels, Director of Catalytic Projects, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Milwaukee

Jezamil Vega-Skeels has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In her leadership role with Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, she helps support neighborhood revitalization on the near south side of Milwaukee. Her work involves streetscape improvements, property renovation, and public space development. In 2013, Mayor Tom Barrett appointed her as one of the commissioners for the City of Milwaukee’s Planning Commission.

Plan Now to Enter the 2016 CDAs: IB encourages companies — architects, general contractors, and engineers — with projects due for completion in 2015 to contact Events Manager Jessica Hamm ( to keep their soon-to-be completed projects on our radar screen. IB will provide entry forms, nomination materials, and other information to these firms as soon as they are available.

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